Magnolia beats NLEX to take 3-2 lead

Ruben Hill
March 19, 2018

The young NLEX guard exited their Game 5 encounter against the Magnolia Hotshots in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Sunday at the Ynares Center.

The Hotshots thus took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and could wrap it all up with another victory Tuesday night.

Following a close three quarters, the Hotshots unloaded a 16-4 run to start the final period to pull away for good and are no one win away from arranging a titular showdown with three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.

NLEX will try to extend the semifinals series against the Hotshots on March 20 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

"It boiled down to a best-of-3 series so I told the players na we need to go to our strength, which is our defense".

"May konting advantage kasi nanalo kami pero again, di pa kami nananalo sa series", he added.

NLEX Road Warriors guard Kevin Alas has suffered a complete ACL tear in his right knee and will be out of action for eight months after a diagnosis from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jose Raul Canlas Monday. Alas' condition and status will be known today.

Mark Barroca finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds, two assists, and two steals to pace the Hotshots while Aldrech Ramos added 15 points and 9 rebounds and Paul Lee chipped in 15 points, 4 assists, and 3 boards.

Ian Sangalang chalked up a double-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks in the win.

MAGNOLIA 87 - Barroca 18, Lee 15, Ramos 15, Sangalang 12, Simon 7, Dela Rosa 6, Pascual 4, Reavis 4, Brondial 2, Gamalinda 2, Jalalon 2, Herndon 0, Mendoza 0.

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